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Fine Artist Rosamund Lakin selected for residency at Modern Art Oxford

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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A still from Rosamund Lakin's video installation 'All of the People, Some of the Time'
A still from Rosamund's video installation 'All of the People, Some of the Time'

Following this year’s Ruskin School of Art Degree Show, recent St Edmund Hall graduate Rosamund Lakin (2011, Fine Art) has been selected for Platform 2014 – an initiative designed to support new artistic talent in the South East region.

Platform at Modern Art Oxford is now in its third year, and offers gallery visitors the chance to see the work of three outstanding graduate artists from Oxford Brookes University, The Ruskin School of Art and Reading University. Each of the three chosen artists has a two-week residency at Modern Art Oxford, and Rosamund’s will take place from 12 to 24 August.

Rosamund LakinRosamund stood out at her degree show for the quality of her installation and the depth of her film about use of the internet, Google and language and its pervasive and often corrupting quality on society and the individual. She will be showing two video installations at Modern Art Oxford.

The first is entitled First Opinion and looks at the generative possibilities of Google, in particular the text-based predictive function in Google search, which can produce an almost mystical automatic poetry. Search after search continues, and riffs off the narrative possibilities of this to generate an associative yet tight flow of words and images that create meaning and resonance, both within themselves, and about the media in which they exist.

All of the People, Some of the Time is a dual screen video installation that focuses on the first American moon landing in 1969 and blends ‘real’ history with fiction in order to look at questions of authenticity and different levels of reality.

'Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus' - by Rosamund LakinRosamund will also be holding a performance event on Sunday 24 August, 4 to 5pm in the Modern Art Oxford Auditorium. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a live Google set comprised of performance, video projection and screen-shot print outs, using the text of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Through both live and automated googling, continuous online search activity generates a video montage of the ideas of the novel, whilst creating in real time a developing, accumulating, fragmentary form - an online Frankenstein’s creature.

Inclusion in the exhibitions also means that Rosamund is shortlisted for the Platform Award – a £2,500 bursary and a 12-month bespoke programme of professional development.

Following the completion of her degree this summer, Rosamund plans to continue making work, whilst living in London, but is also aiming to gain some professional experience in film production, particularly in post-production.

Find out more about Rosamund’s work on her website: rosamundlakin.com.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Modern Art Oxford website.